Platforms Definitions

  • A

    application service provider (ASP)

    An application service provider (ASP) is an old-fashioned name for a company that offers individuals or enterprises internet access to applications and related services. The term has largely been replaced by software as a service (SaaS) provider, although in some parts of the world, companies use the two labels interchangeably.

  • B

    Bean

    In its JavaBeans application program interface for writing a component, Sun Microsystems calls a component a "Bean" (thus continuing their coffee analogy).

  • BSA | The Software Alliance

    BSA | The Software Alliance is an advocate for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy. BSA’s policy team works with governments and public stakeholders across the globe to support the global software industry on issues including data privacy and security, intellectual property and trade.

  • business service provider (BSP)

    A business service provider (BSP) is a company that rents third-party software application packages to their customers.

  • C

    Common Language Infrastructure (CLI)

    Part of Microsoft's .NET strategy, Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) enables an application program written in any of several commonly-used programming languages to be run on any operating system using a common runtime program rather than a language-specific one.

  • D

    dynamic DNS service

    A dynamic DNS (domain name system) service is a company that charges a small fee to allow a user connecting to the Internet with a dynamic IP address to be able to use applications that require a static IP address.

  • F

    forward compatible

    Forward compatible describes a system that is designed in such a way that it fits with planned future versions of itself.

  • G

    GraphQL

    GraphQL is a query language that describes how a client should request information through an application programming interface (API). In a broad sense, GraphQL is a syntax that developers can use to ask for specific data and return that data from multiple sources. Once the client defines the structure of the data needed, the exact same structure of data is returned from the server.

  • M

    Middleware as a Service (MWaaS)

    Middleware as a Service (MWaaS) is the distribution model wherein middleware is offered as a cloud-based service, rather than as an on-premise solution. It is often offered as part of a cloud-based suite.

  • N

    native code

    Native code is computer programming (code) that is compiled to run with a particular processor and its set of instructions.

  • non-virtual hosting

    Non-virtual hosting is offering to host a Web site for an Internet user or company within the same domain name as that of the service provider.

  • R

    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is a protocol that one program can use to request a service from a program located in another computer on a network without having to understand the network's details.

  • T

    The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)

    The Open Group Architecture Framework, or TOGAF gives software architects a structured approach for organizing and governing their software technology design, development and maintenance.

  • top-level domain (TLD)

    A top-level domain (TLD) identifies the most general part of the domain name in an Internet address. The TLD always follows the last dot in a URL. (Continued)

  • W

    Web Services: Glossary

    This is a glossary of terms related to Web services.

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